SOURCE: North American Gem Inc.

North American Gem Inc.

October 22, 2009 09:30 ET

North American Gem Inc. Announces Execution of Lease to Operate Coal Preparation and Rail Loading Facility in Knox County, Kentucky

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) - North American Gem Inc. (NAG) (TSX-V: NAG) is pleased to announce the execution of the operating agreement to enter into an open ended lease with Safeco Inc. of Corbin, Kentucky, to operate a coal preparation and rail loading facility in Knox County, Kentucky. The 19 acre facility is known locally as the Cobra Facility (Cobra Tippling Production Plant) and is permitted by Safeco Inc. under KDNR permit # 861-8012.

The Cobra Facility is located centrally to the area being developed by North American Gem Inc. and will serve as the central operation and distribution point. The facility has equipment in place that is capable of crushing, screening, and washing coal. Control and operation of the facility greatly enhances the ability of NAG to efficiently manage coal inventory and quality control for all of its mining interests in the area.

North American Gem Inc. now has the ability to service a variety of customers by not only preparing coal to meet specific requirements but also the ability to purchase outside coal for producing custom blended products for increased market potential. Specifically, plans are to service the industrial stoker markets, silicon metal producers, and electricity generators.

The Cobra Facility will be serviced by the CSX railroad and currently has enough rail capacity to accommodate the loading of unit trains (110 railcars) which will allow for more favourable rates from the railroad. Plans have already been made to obtain materials to upgrade the rail spur for even more cost effective and efficient operations.

North American Gem Inc. plans to have the coal from the Jellico seam extracted from the North American Gem #1 Mine (formerly referred to as "Bays Hollow" in the September 9th release), of Kentucky State Mining Permit #918-0396, to be the first coal to run through the newly acquired Cobra Facility.

The North American Gem #1 Mine Permit is for the extraction of coal, using auger/highwall mining methods, in the Jellico coal seam which averages a thickness of 91cm (3ft). The permit is complete and still on the estimated time schedule for the commencement of production. The augering and excavation are in the process of being moved on to the site to begin work immediately. Engle Hollow Mining, the contract operator, has secured an agreement to move a second auger to the site to establish 2 simultaneous working areas.

As previously announced, Blue Star Energy LTD. (Blue Star) intends to purchase up to 15,000 clean tons of coal per month produced at the North American Gem Mine #1, Whitley County, Kentucky. Blue Star is a coal production and brokerage company that caters mostly to specialty industrial coal users but also supplies coal to various electricity generators in the Appalachian region since 1996.

Blue Star, located in Hazard, Kentucky has completed its analysis of the Jellico coal seam at the North American Gem Mine #1 and now expects delivery of coal immediately upon the commencement of production, which is still on schedule to begin within the week.

The coal sample taken by Blue Star from the North American Gem Mine #1 resulted in analysis of 8% ash, < 1% sulphur and 12,800 Btu.

The North American Gem #1 Mine operation will establish North American Gem Inc. as a coal producer with the ability to enter into supply contracts. The supply contracts established by production from the North American Gem #1 Mine Permit are expected to be expanded upon as the Company increases operations in the area. The performance and capabilities of production from the North American Gem #1 Mine Permit will determine the point at which further production from additional leases is commenced.

Mike Magrum, PEng, a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101, has approved the technical content of this news release.

North American Gem Inc. (TSX-V: NAG) is a Junior Exploration Company based in Western Canada. The Company's primary goal is to explore for Coal in North America, currently the focus is in Saskatchewan, West Virginia, and Kentucky. In addition to Coal exploration, the Company also has interests in Uranium, Copper, Gold, Molybdenum and other base metals in Canada.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors
NORTH AMERICAN GEM INC.
"Charles Desjardins"

Charles Desjardins
President and Director

"Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release."

Cautionary note:

This report contains forward-looking statements. Resource estimates, unless specifically noted, are considered speculative. Any and all other resource or reserve estimates are historical in nature, and should not be relied upon. The production rate and mine-life projections have been made without support of a feasibility study, there is no certainty the proposed operations will be economically viable. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on factors that will or may occur in the future. Actual results may vary depending upon exploration activities, industry production, commodity demand and pricing, currency exchange rates, and, but not limited to, general economic factors. Cautionary Note to US investors: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission specifically prohibits the use of certain terms, such as "reserves" unless such figures are based upon actual production or formation tests and can be shown to be economically and legally producible under existing economic and operating conditions.

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